Egypt hold dominant Colombia in penultimate World Cup warm-up

 

Egypt vs. Colombia
Photo: Egyptian Football Association

Egypt held South American power Colombia to a scoreless draw in their penultimate friendly ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals in Russia.

The Pharaohs had to do without injured talisman Mohamed Salah for Friday’s match, and it showed.

Colombia dominated from start to finish, keeping the ball for longer spells and creating numerous chances to score.

Egypt meanwhile was compact and physical, absorbing pressure and then trying to press high.

Egypt’s best chance came near halftime, when an attack down the right wing resulted in a deflected shot from Marwan Mohsen and a Ramadan Sobhi header off the post from close range.

Colombia will feel hard-done by not emerging with a win, with several chances of every variety; from shots inside the box, to long-range efforts, to set-piece opportunities.

Egypt has won just two of its last nine games, and still has not won since qualifying for the World Cup in October.

They open their World Cup campaign in a fortnight against Uruguay, likely without the services of Salah, who may be fit for Egypt’s second Group A match against the host nation.

Before then, Egypt will play one last warm-up against European powers Belgium on Wednesday.

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